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Earth and Environmental Systems Institute

The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) is the portal to environmental research, education, and outreach programs offered by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and is one of the leading earth and environmental sciences research institutes in the U.S. EESI is affiliated with Penn State's Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE), the central coordinating structure for energy and environmental research, education, and outreach at Penn State.

Mission

EESI's mission is comprised of four interrelated elements:

  • To encourage interdisciplinary examination of the links between Earth’s chemical, physical, and biological processes from atomic to global scales by supporting faculty and student research on earth sciences and environmental issues;
  • To facilitate the modeling and manipulation of data in new and innovative ways through EESI’s Environmental Computing Facility;
  • To facilitate dissemination of research findings through publications, presentations, web pages, workshops, seminars, testimony to public agencies, and advice to public and private organizations and agencies; and
  • To develop innovative, interdisciplinary research and education programs that benefit internal and external stakeholders, including the Penn State community, the Commonwealth, scientific communities, and federal and state science agencies and organizations.

Learn more

To learn more about EESI, please visit the EESI website.

News

Sunlight over Earth as seen by STS-29 crew onboard Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103.
Space grant research programs offered for undergraduates
10/13/2018

Three undergraduate research experience programs through NASA's Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium are offering students the opportunity to work with a research team and gain laboratory experience.


“The Most Unknown” is an innovative documentary that explores some of the universe’s toughest questions.
Penn State to screen film that takes unique approach to science storytelling
10/10/2018

"The Most Unknown," a feature-length documentary that follows nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world, to be screened 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Pike Auditorium, 22 BBH (Biobehavioral Health Building) on the University Park campus. 


Forest
Study sheds new light on forests' response to atmospheric pollution
07/12/2018

How forests respond to elevated nitrogen levels from atmospheric pollution is not always the same. While a forest is filtering nitrogen as expected, a higher percentage than previously seen is leaving the system again as the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide, say researchers.


A Marcellus Shale gas drilling well site near Wellsboro, Pa.
Bradford Co. water quality improves; impacts rare near shale gas wells
06/12/2018

A new study of groundwater in a rural Pennsylvania county shows only rare instances of possible gas contamination amid an overall trend of improving water quality despite heavy Marcellus Shale development.


Water running into Black Moshannon Creek turned bright green during a mock spill event.
Students see green: Mock spill illustrates potential impact of wastewater leak
04/23/2018

A group of State High students participated in a mock spill event last week simulating what might happen if a contaminate spill reached the stream. The students are part of TeenShale Network, a group of high school students working with Penn State scientists to monitor water quality in local streams around Marcellus Shale development.